Repair hole in wall

How Do I Repair a Hole In My Living Room Wall?

Step By Step Guide for Repairing A Hole In Your Wall

It can be tempting to panic when you have a hole in your wall. However, repairing your wall is easier than you might think. But, there are two things you should keep in mind before starting the repair process.

So, how do I repair a hole in my living room wall? First, make sure it’s worth doing which means that the hole can’t be more than about 4 inches wide or deep otherwise it will be too expensive for you to do on your own. Second, only attempt the repairs if they are made of sheetrock (gypsum) and not concrete block or brick since these are much harder materials to work with.

And then, get started! Here are some tips on how to correctly fix holes in walls yourself at home with no need for an expert.

Step One

After turning off all power to electrical near your project area (like the breaker box), clean the hole with a vacuum. If you can’t turn off all power, use a wet rag to clean the area of sawdust and wood scraps.

Step Two

Then you need to remove the damaged sheetrock around the hole. You may need a flat head screwdriver or drywall knife to do this. The tools required will depend on what type of wall you have, but if it’s your standard sheet-rock walls then use either one of these two mentioned above.

For this step, start by inserting the flat head screwdriver at an angle under the corner of the damaged piece and then carefully prying away. If that doesn’t work, try wiggling your screwdriver side to side while still keeping it in place firmly under one end before pulling up again. By doing this method it should come off easily enough when you are finished with all four corners held down.

Step Three

Take out the screws and any drywall nails that were used to hang the wall piece. These will be holding everything together on your end, so you can’t move forward until they are removed.

Last but not least, pull out the pieces of gypsum board from either side of the hole (if it’s a small cut or tear). Afterward, you can get rid of all of this material in one clean swoop, which creates more room to work with for when you put on your new patch.

Step Four

Place your patch into position and then secure it into place by hammering finishing nails into each corner of the replacement sheetrock. Make sure that they go in at least 1/2 inch deep and an electric drill if necessary.

It makes the process go faster, but it can be done manually if you don’t have an electric drill. After hammering in the finishing nails, remove them one by one to prep for the next step.

Take your wallboard patch and place its surface flush against the surrounding drywall that you removed during step two. Secure into place with finishing nails at about 1 inch from each edge of your new replacement piece.

Step Five

Once you are finished, use joint compound for patching/leveling purposes to cover up all of the small holes where you put in your finishing nails (using a putty knife or taping knife). You will need some sandpaper or mesh tape afterward to smooth out the area around these nail holes so they disappear before you paint the wall.

Step Six

This step deals with painting over your new patch. Use a regular household sprayer or roller to cover up all of your work so far and applied evenly. It should only take one coat for small holes, but if it’s larger than 4 inches you may need to do multiple coats until it looks filled in completely across the entire surface of the wall.

And finally, if any dings show through your new paint even after adequate time has passed then just repeat steps two-five until they are thoroughly covered up!

That’s it! You’ve done it – enjoy your newly patched hole in the wall at home or apartment! Make sure not to bump or pick at anything because this can cause more damage or leave some of those “small” holes open again. If you were to do that then you would need to come back and repeat these five steps all over again. Now, enjoy your new and improved wall surface!

Cautions To Consider

  • Be careful not to put any nails too close to the edges of the patch since this causes bubbling along with cracks in the paint once it hardens. Make sure everything is leveled so no bubbles are showing up on your fresh paint job either before applying a smoothing compound for this purpose afterward. Such mistakes can be easily rectified by sanding down your wall afterward if needed though, but still, try and avoid making such silly mistakes as they can cause problems that lead back here. A better option is just not having to redo everything from scratch in the first place, so just do that instead.
  • Be careful when nailing into the patch where it meets up with other drywall because if you miss then your nail could poke out of the surface causing another problem for you to repair again. The best way to avoid this is to simply use a piece of sandpaper against your thumbnail or any other sanding block and sand down the sharp portions before proceeding on. Once they are smooth enough, feel free to go ahead and hammer away without having to worry about missing spots since there should be none!
  • Afterward, follow through with these steps three more times until all four borders match up properly which should solve any future problems caused by not doing so in the past. Now, there is no need to worry since you will notice when the patch fits right in its designated spot before screwing it in place which can still be done with a regular drill if needed.
  • Do not forget to sand down all of your newly created walls afterward because this makes painting easier for the next time around. Follow through with these steps at least once every few months or so when you are doing some upgrading anywhere in your home or apartment, even if it does seem unnecessary at times like now… But the extra work and effort are worth it later on!
  • If patches did not fit properly and left an uneven surface after cutting out pieces you didn’t want then repeat steps two through six until they look nice and smooth across the entire surface of your wall. Use sandpaper or mesh tape for this purpose afterward if needed after all painting is done. This step is really important to get right because you will notice it very easily when done properly, so just do that instead of avoiding any further work on your part which needs to be taken care of eventually anyway.

You’ve Become A Hole In The Wall Fixing Expert!

All in all, this whole process shouldn’t take more than an hour or two depending on how many holes are patched up and how much time you have available to put towards it! Of course, there are plenty of other things to think about but this article has tried its best to keep each step simple enough not to forget anything too important while also still offering valuable information everyone should know about already.

You can now easily hold your head up high knowing that you have done a good deed for the day by helping out yourself, family, friends, neighbors, etc.! So go ahead keep your wall looking exactly how it is supposed to without any annoying holes you need to constantly stare at every time they catch your eye… Always remember these simple steps because if not then you will certainly regret missing important things later on later after fixing everything else first.

If this sounds like too much work or some other reason doesn’t allow you to do this type of repair on your own then there are plenty of professional services available online which should be able to replace the entire wall instead-but cost quite a bit more than just doing it yourself although necessary in certain cases.

Matt McWilliams

Hi there! My name is Matt and I write for Expert Home Report. I enjoy writing about everything related to home improvement, home tips and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either spending time with my family, doing a DIY project or learning a new skill.